Published On: Oct 29 2012 01:24:32 PM EDTUpdated On: May 01 2014 04:48:04 PM EDT
You don't need to take candy completely out of the Halloween equation, but Women's Day magazine says you may want to consider plucking these particularly unhealthy treats from your child's plastic pumpkin this year.
Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins -- Standard Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are 88 calories a piece, but one of the Peanut Butter Pumpkins has 180 calories. If your child is craving something similar, try Justin's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.
Skittles --Loaded with sugar, corn syrup, trans fat and artificial colors, encourage kids to "taste the rainbow" through fruits and vegetables instead.
Snickers -- This offender is filled with everything healthy food shouldn't have -- caramel, nougat and, of course, chocolate. Try chocolate bars with a non-dense, airy filling like 3 Musketeers instead.
Sour Patch Kids -- Sour treats like these are particularly addictive -- but they're also particularly bad for your teeth. Dentists say their high acid levels break down enamel quickly.
Starburst -- Each piece is only 15 calories, but is also loaded with fat and about 22 grams of sugar -- the equivalent of five 1/2 sugar packets. They're also more likely to cause cavities because they stick to your teeth.
Tootsie Pops -- It takes a lot of licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop -- and that's the problem. Dentists say anything that keeps sugar in the mouth for that long contributes more to tooth decay.
Candy Corn -- This Halloween staple is particularly unhealthy because it's nothing but sugar and artificial color and flavoring. Candy corn also has 150 calories per ounce.
M&Ms White Chocolate Candy Corn Candies -- Chocolate is full of saturated fat and calories, and candy corn is brimming with sugar, calories and artificial ingredients, so combining them into an M&M isn't a good idea.
Sugary Bubble Gum -- While kids don't (usually) swallow gum, the amount of sugar, calories and carbohydrates in it is still bad. Consider sugar-free gum instead.
Fun Dip -- Like many candies, Fun Dip is essentially a packet of loose sugar. Try Smarties instead, with half as much sugar and just 25 calories.
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